Rai, Syrian officials attend Yazigi’s inauguration ceremony

Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rai participated in  the   inauguration ceremony of the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Youhanna X Yazigi , which was  held on Sunday at the Church of the Holy Cross in Syria’s Qassaa , in the heart of Damascus.

Patriarch Rai claims his statements were taken out of context

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai said on Tuesday during a visit to the Metn town of Al-Arbaniyya that his recent ( controversial) statements were taken out of context and that the patriarchate “cannot relinquish any party and does not want to eliminate or marginalize any party, because Lebanon needs all its citizens, parties and sects.”